Alicia Keys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fleetwood Mac Play New York

By Ben Fractenberg on April 3, 2013 9:27am 

Wednesday, April 3

The Meat Puppets were a big influence on the '90s alt-rock scene. Two members of the band played with Nirvana when they covered three Puppets songs during their MTV "Unplugged" concert.

After that exposure, they scored a hit with "Backwater" before breaking up in 2002. They reunited in 2006 to tour and record again, and are set to release a new album, "Rat Farm," on April 16.

Check them out at the intimate Mercury Lounge. They play second show there on Thursday.

British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware made splash with her 2012 single album "Devotion." The album combines her sultry voice with interesting electronic arraignments. Check her out at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Thursday, April 4

Scottish band Frightened Rabbit released its latest album "Pedestrian Verse" in February. Their minor-chord indie-rock sounds big and emotional without being cringe-inducing. At Terminal 5.

The Reverend Horton Heat combines punk and Rockabilly sounds and always puts on a wild live show. Check the band out on a boat when it plays as part of the Rocks Off Concert Cruise series.

Friday, April 5

Alicia Keys provide the hook for Jay-Z's homage to New York City, "Empire State of Mind." So it's only fitting that she headlines the house that Hova built when she plays the Barclays Center.

Also: Jazz legend Branford Marsalis is at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. Southern retro-rockers The Black Crowes play Terminal 5. And '90s R&B singers Bell Biv DeVoe play the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Saturday, April 6

Legendary musician and poet Leonard Cohen is nearing his 80th birthday and still going strong, with his his 2012 release "Old Ideas" earning wide acclaim. His show at Radio City Music Hall is sure to be magical. If you can't see him Saturday, he'll play a second gig on Sunday.

Also playing: Living Colour will perform their classic 1988 album "Vivid" in it's entirety at Irving Plaza.

Sunday, April 7

Green Day has come a long way in its more than 20 year career, from puerile punk rockers to rock-opera composers. The band released a three-album trilogy last year, so it will have plenty of new material during their Barclays Center concert.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are set to release their fourth album, "Mosquito," on April 16. The first single builds to a dark crescendo of Karen O's emotive singing. Check them out at Webster Hall.

Also playing: Rodriguez, the mysterious musician who was the subject of the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," is performing at the Beacon Theatre.

Monday, April 8

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" became the fastest-selling LP of all time when it was released in 1977, and has gone on to sell more than 40 million copies. The songs still sound fresh 36 years later — even the one that will make you feel like you're at a Bill Clinton Campaign event circa 1992. They are sure to pack Madison Square Garden.

Also playing: Austin's psychedelic The Black Angels create layers of guitar work that may put you in a trance when you see them at Webster Hall.

Tuesday, April 9

British indie-electronic band Hot Chip came out with their fifth studio album, "In Our Heads," last June. The album combines a bit of '80s new wave with their usual layered, danceable electronic work. Check them out at Roseland Ballroom.

Also playing: Flamboyant pop act Mika is sure to put on a lively show at Le Poisson Rouge.

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